The new Unbridled Learning release includes the Kentucky Department of Education’s new graduation and college and/or career readiness numbers. Our regular readers know we’ve been critical of those high school graduation and college and/or career readiness rates for some time. Very simply, there is compelling evidence that both rates are inflated, though in different ways.
This blog will check that out. Basically, we show that the effective high school graduation rate for Kentucky in 2015 is less than 60 percent, which means somewhere on the order of 21,266 kids who should have graduated in 2015 either dropped out of school first or only received a hollow piece of paper at their commencement.